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  1. dsiglin

    First and Last Light in the Dolomites of Italy

    Thanks all, #4 is definitely one of my personal favorites. I'm really drawn to b&w landscapes especially if the lighting is interesting. Something about reducing the photograph to a play of light and darkness. There's an alternate of #3 which I prefer over the color version. btw - the lens used...
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    First and Last Light in the Dolomites of Italy

    Thanks, considering I didn't have coffee that morning I'm surprised I had the mental facility to function. :P
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    First and Last Light in the Dolomites of Italy

    Thanks Tirediron! Baturn - if you do end up going IM me and I'll recommend a great hotel we stayed at, fantastic view, awesome spa. I can't recommend visiting the Dolomites enough, though Vancouver is on MY bucket list as well. :)
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    First and Last Light in the Dolomites of Italy

    Thank you virginie, when I turned around and saw that view I mouthed "oh", because that's all I could think to say. :)
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    First and Last Light in the Dolomites of Italy

    Thank you D-B-J, I'm glad I could share a small part of the beauty found in the Dolomites. It's a constantly changing beauty.
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    First and Last Light in the Dolomites of Italy

    The semi-autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige is an oddity in Italy, conquered by the Romans in antiquity it passed to Germanic tribes and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It wasn’t until the end of World War I that this region was annexed into Italy. During that conflict the high alpine...
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    Palouse in Pink

    Hearing what went into the photo is great help. To me it's more educational than talking in general terms. There was another thread discussing when to use a graduated ND and when to blend exposures. This would be a case for the graduated ND. Fleeting light and a long exposure. Thanks for...
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    Palouse in Pink

    I came here looking for some inspiration, and this delivers. Any comments or tips you want to give would be appreciated.
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    How to create soft bright pastel wedding photography?

    I'd guess the photographers are also exposing for the midtone or shadow of the skin since the highlights are often blown out. Set your metering to spot, meter the midtone on someone's face and lock exposure. That should give you the bright look that is popular. Some people hate blown highlights...
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    [Question] Technical tiips for street portraits

    Excellent points Derrell and Designer. I actually just bought a 12mm f2 Rokinon. I think I'll end up using my FD 50mm 1.4 with a ND filter to let me use wide apertures.
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    [Question] Technical tiips for street portraits

    By street portrait I mean a mutually agreed photo of a stranger, so I'm not talking about typical "sniping" street photography. I am a personable person so asking to take the photo isn't really the problem. I am wondering what are some technical tips and tricks that might help me take better...
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    Regarding field of view and sensor size

    That questions stems from my not understanding how focal reducers / speed boosters work. I was under the impression they "bent" the incoming light and focused it into a smaller area but giving the FX field of view when in fact they (as the name implies) reduce the focal length. Another common...
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    Regarding field of view and sensor size

    The speed booster / focal reducer works as the inverse of a tele-convertor adapter. Decreasing the focal length and increasing the field of view.
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    How to select Soft edge ND Graduated filter ?

    Graduated ND filters, not circular ND filters. I have some circular ND filters and yes I love them for shallow DoF in bright sun and long exposures. I had contemplated buying some graduated ND filters but as Anonimar says, it's seems better to blend in photoshop if you know how to do it well...
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    Regarding field of view and sensor size

    Ok so my confusion has been cleared because I discovered focal reducers actually change the focal length of a lens. I did not know this but it perfectly explains why you get a wider angle of view with them. I'm not looking to buy a focal reducer. That previous post was me pondering how a lens...
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    How to select Soft edge ND Graduated filter ?

    So in this vein, Besides less post processing, what are some advantages of using say a 3 stop soft graduated filter vs taking 2 or 3 shots at different exposures and blending them in photoshop(Not HDR but merging)? Just curious, thanks!
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    Regarding field of view and sensor size

    [/COLOR] That's what I was asking. I started pondering this after reading about focal reducers. I guess it is possible for a lens designer to give a true 50mm field of view with an APS-C lens but it would require larger glass than normal and some kind of reducer.
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    Regarding field of view and sensor size

    Yes, I understand focal length is focal length, hence my use of "equivalent". I'm not actually asking about focal length but about field of view. There are speed boosters which reduce the image circle of a full frame lens so that an APS-C sensor has almost the same field of view (to be technical...
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    Regarding field of view and sensor size

    This much I know: When you take a 50mm full frame lens and put it on say a Sony APS-C mirrorless you have the field of view equivalent of 75mm lens on full frame. Here's my question: Those full frame lenses are designed to cast a wider circle of light than the APS-C sensor. This is why you get a...
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    Practicing portraits in an old mill

    Thank you all for the encouragement. I'm looking forward to trying out a two flash setup soon. I'll be adding in snoots and honeycombs to get some more "artistic" flair as you put it Gav. The lens I used is the old Canon FD 50mm 1.4 which I'm surprised produced CA but I guess that's to be...
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